red wine.

for dinner last evening i made pork chops. typically, i would leave this up to my husband since he is king of the grill and living in a warm climate allows us the opportunity to grill most everything. instead, i made them on the stove top. my husband raved about how tasty they were and that blogging about them is a must. so here goes..

i made simple pork chops in a skillet with a little olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper, rosemary, creole seasoning, and red wine. they were quite delicious, i must say. one thing about cooking with red wine is that it made the pork chops a little acidic. i’d be cautious when using it because it may make them too tart. if you like a very tart flavor then add more. i can’t give any specific amounts of anything that i used because i don’t usually measure seasonings. i season until i feel its enough, taste test, and hope for the best. remember less is more until you taste test. you can always add to the recipe, it’s harder to remove.

the dinner was made along with scalloped potatoes and veggies. i think next time it would pair better with roasted rosemary potatoes. that’s another easy recipe. the potato recipe came from my mom. she’s a great cook who knows how to add flavor to anything. but don’t ask her to cook in moderation. her meals for 2-4 people usually end up in leftovers for a week. (love you, mom!!)
back to the roasted rosemary potatoes. it’s quite simple.. red potatoes (washed & diced, but not peeled), olive oil, rosemary, garlic powder, salt & pepper, and creole seasoning. mix everything in a large bowl. place on a baking sheet & bake at 350 degrees. if you have a large amount of potatoes, cook for an hour or until tender. if you have a smaller amount, i usually start at 30 minutes then go from there. either way, cook until slightly crispy on the outside and tender inside. they are beyond delicious!

of course, you have to end a meal like this with a great desert. i strongly recommend something chocolate with a red desert wine. if you like really sweet wine, please try Red Electra from Quady Winery. (when possible, this is the only wine i drink.) this wine adds the right amount of sweetness and tartness.

if you make these recipes i hope you enjoy them as much as we did.